Insult was literally added to injury for Bournemouth this afternoon when a technical blunder broadcasted one damning verdict on their performance to the whole of the Vitality Stadium.
In the final minutes of Bournemouth’s 5-1 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, a conversation was accidentally played through the public address system.
“Men against boys,” offered one opinion. “F****** unbelievable” was another. The exact identity of the person or people speaking is unclear.
Both sets of supporters sang "You're getting sacked in the morning" and, after the match, a Bournemouth spokesman confirmed that the incident will be investigated.
Cherries manager Eddie Howe was asked about the situation in his post-match media duties but claimed he could not discern what was being discussed.
"I just heard noise, I didn't really hear any words said," he said.
The gaffe compounded an awful afternoon for the South Coast side. The hosts had raced into a 49-second lead thanks to Matt Ritchie's smart finish but a string of errors from goalkeeper Artur Boruc proved to be Bournemouth's undoing as Harry Kane helped himself to a hat-trick, with Mousa Dembele and Erik Lamela also on the scoresheet.
Boruc, returning to the starting line-up after missing the 5-1 loss to Manchester City last week due to an injury in the warm-up, had a day to forget while Kane, who was courted by Howe during his tenure at Burnley, has the match-ball as a memento from what he will hope is the turning point of his season.
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